Detroit Zoo was one of the first in the country to offer its animals open, natural environments. Loop trails and a miniature train wind amid its 50ha grounds, which are home to over 3 000 mammals, birds and reptiles. Habitats include the 1.6ha Arctic Ring of Life (polar bears) and the National Amphibian Conservation Center. Inside the renovated 1928 glass-domed bird house, the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery incorporates a butterfly garden and an aquarium.
Address:8450 W. 10 Mile Rd Royal Oak
Apr-Aug 9am-5pm (8pm Wed in Jul-Aug, late-night concerts and events), Sep-Oct 10am-5pm, Nov-Mar 10am-4pm - several options from $14